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Sentencing scheduled for 1981 shooting rampage

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A 64-year-old man is expected to learn whether he will receive life imprisonment or be sent back to Florida's death row for a 1981 shooting rampage that left three people dead, including a Polk County sheriff's deputy.

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Funeral held for Bay area soldier killed at Fort Hood

LAKELAND, Florida (AP) - A soldier killed in shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month is being remembered at private services in central Florida.

Hunter claims panther attacked him

LAKE WALES, Florida -- Wildlife officials say a Lake Wales hunter claims he was attacked by a Florida panther while calling turkeys near Lake Kissimmee.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, if the hunter's claims are true, it would be the first recorded panther attack on a human since the 1800s.

Fort Hood shooting victim's body to return to Florida

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The body of one of the three soldiers killed in the rampage at Fort Hood will be returning to the Tampa Bay area.

The remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson will arrive at the Tampa International Airport Friday evening. Ferguson attended high school in Polk County.

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Polk County municipal elections results

Polk County, Florida -- Here are the results of tonight's municipal elections in Polk County.


City Commission Seat 4 At Large

Patricia "Trish" Burdin-Pfeiffer 851

Gerald J. Cochran 159

Joe DeLegge 501

James L. Slaughter 100


Commissioner Seat 1

Fantasy of Flight closing to public

Polk City, Florida -- The owner of Polk County's aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight has made the decision to close its doors to the public in April.

Kermit Weeks issued a letter to employees saying a "misperception" by the public of the attraction's purpose led to his decision to move forward with his vision of what he knows it can become.

Man found dead at Polk Co. park now murder investigation

Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven Police investigating the death of a man found at Inman Park Saturday morning now say he was murdered.

Detectives say an autopsy confirmed 71-year-old James Stewart was murdered and suffered physical trauma to his body.

Stewart was known in the homeless community and frequented the park. He was typically seen riding an older woman's Trek mountain bike with faded silver or gray paint. The bike has not been found. (Note: The photo attached is NOT the actual bike, but one similar to one he was known to ride.)